College of Fine Arts and Communication

Fall Semester 2016

Accepting applications now until program fills!!

Fall is a golden time in TUSCANY with brilliant colors on the vineyards as they are harvested. See olives pressed and taste fresh olive oil while enjoying homemade cheeses, and wild boar sausages from the street vendors at food festivals.  Enjoy the warm summer air turning cool and crisp and end the trip in Venice with few tourists in December.  Don’t miss this opportunity to earn class credits in Italy during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year!



Cost for the Fall semester is $9,965.00
less than out of state tuition!  

Cost includes:

  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • International Health insurance while abroad
  • Lodgings and utilities in beautiful apartments in Certaldo
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Tuition
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy 
  • Dinners on all class days
  • Breakfast and Dinners on overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Rome
  • 3 days in Venice
  • Overnight trips to Florence and Cinque Terre
  • Semester break trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Siena
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean

To apply for the FALL 2016 semester click here:  

Application instructions: -
Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the above ECU Pirates Abroad website. Your application will be reviewed and if you are accepted, you will receive email notification. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application at any time, please contact Hillary Dorsk at
Once you have been accepted
You will receive notification by email.  At that time a non-refundable $75 application fee and a $200 housing deposit should be sent or hand delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies (see address below). Your place in the program will not be confirmed until these funds are received! The payments should be hand delivered or sent to this address.  Payment should be sent as soon as you are sure you plan to attend, even before the deadline for applications.  If you program fills prior to receiving your payment, even if you have been accepted, you will be put on the waiting list.  Please send payment to the address below.
Mariann Appel
East Carolina University
SSAb- Student Services
303-A Self Help Center
Greenville, NC  27858
Contact:  252-328-9219
It is very important that you make payments on time because the money is used to book the lodgings and transportation before the beginning of the semester.  If you are on financial aid, please let Ms. Appel know so your payment schedule can be modified based on your financial aid award.

Scholarship applications due on March 15

To apply for scholarships go to the Admissions and Applications page here:

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FALL 2016 Payment Schedule

March 15, 2016 - $75.00, non-refundable application fee DUE, along with $200.00 housing deposit, which is refundable until April 1.  All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.


April 1, 2016 - $700.00 payment DUE (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place.)


May 5, 2016 - $1,500.00 is DUE

August 1, 2016 – balance of $7,490.00 is DUE

Pay the entire amount at any time.  We need payments on time to book the best lodgings in Italy!  

Fall 2016 Itinerary

Sept. 11        Depart for ROME (arrive by 10am on Sept. 12) 

Sept. 12-14   Rome for 3 days

Sept. 15        Bus to Certaldo

Sept. 19        First 5 weeks term begins

Oct. 22         Depart for Fall Break in Pompeii and Amalfi

Oct. 25         Drop off/Rome (FCO) - independent travel or return to Certaldo

Oct. 30         Return to Certaldo from Fall Break

Oct. 31         Second 5 week term begins

Dec. 3          Final Reception for Certaldo friends

Dec. 5-7       Venice for 3 days

Dec. 8          Depart from Venice for the states (depart after 11am)

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Course offerings include fine arts, humanities, science and social science classes.  Email Hillary at for an updated list of course offerings for Fall 2016.